A simple Way to Increase Your Memory

How do we remember? Why do we sometimes forget? As we grow older, memory loss become more of a problem. An old man may be able to remember the date when he got engaged to his wife 50 years ago but ironically not be able to remember the name of the doctor who examined him three days before.


Our memories perform three main processes: information input, information reserve, and information output. Each process is affected by many factors. For example, the first process is influenced by the amount of attention we pay to the information coming in.

There are few tips to improve our memory.

1. Concentrate your attention on the things you see. A task will be easier if you take a rest, neglect unnecessary drugs, and cope with stress affectively. Concentration will be more focused if your body is relaxed.

2. Write down the things you want to remember when you come to a new place or meet a new person. In this way, you will make association with something and sharpen your memory.

3. If you meet someone, try to mention their name as much as possible in a conversation. If you try to read new topic, read aloud or discuss the reading with someone else.

4. Make repetitions frequently. Take time to learn something new. Read more frequently. As you do, the topic becomes a bit more settled in your mind. Furthermore, you can focus on the key topics which enable you to remember the sub-topic.

5. Select what you want to learn. Learning a simple topic in a short period of time be more effective than learning many things over a long period of time.


6. Analyze the material content. Try to understand what you want to keep on your memory rather than simply memorizing without understanding. Connect the topic with your own condition. For example, if you are studying about a particular disease, imagine yourself suffering from the disease. Think about the impact of your heart, lungs, liver, etc.

7. Use acronyms. If you have to memorize several facts about something, shorten the list by taking the first letter of each fact and forming them into a word. For example the acronyms of NATO (The North Atlantic Treaty Organization), UNICEF (The United Nations Children's Fund), A.S.A.P (As soon as possible), NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard), B.Y.O.B (Bring Your Own Bottle), etc.

8. Use visual images. There are several ways to do this,

9. The link method connects a series of items. For instance, if you need to remember that you must buy bread and milk as soon as you leave your office, when you go to your office, imagine that a slice of the shop followed by a can of milk.

10. Use key words to help you to remember the names of people or unusual and awkward names of places. Try to relate the names to the concrete words.

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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

That sounds like some really good advice Prasetio. Sort of word association for our memory. I am sure that would work to help us remember. I am bad with new names (unless it is sweet friends like you) so I will try saying these names of new doctors; etc., a lot the first day; to see it it will help.

Thank you! ^+shared

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SANJAY LAKHANPAL 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

Great tips. Thanks for sharing. To increase my memory, I always try to remember the phone numbers, instead of saving them.

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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

I love this hub. This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, I can easily describe it as amazing.

I loved every word. The graphics were superb. This hub was helpful, informative and very interesting.

Voted up and all the choices but funny because you deserve it.

You have such a gift for writing. Keep the wonderful hubs coming.


Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, Jackie Lynnley for coming and I hope this hub useful for you. At least we could practice a little from the few tips above. Take care and have a good day!


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, SANJAY LAKHANPAL. Thank you very much for coming. Memorizing the phone number is simple way as well to keep your memory well.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, kenneth avery. Thank you very much for your appreciation. I am so happy to know that love this hub as well. God bless you!


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

These are great memory tricks, praseti0! I use acronyms a lot. You did a great job on this!

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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A very helpful hub on keeping ones memory active.

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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, rebeccamealey. Thanks for coming and I am glad you love this hub. I hope our memory still running well. Take care!

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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Hello prasetio, so good to see you again. This is an excellent hub concerning memory. I use some of your tips. I forget new names easily so i connect using the alphabet letters. Thank you for sharing..

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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Ruby. I am glad to know that you use some of my tips. I hope your memory give you a better source for writing or your poem. Thank you very much!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi pras, this is a great read, I used word association when I was studying psychology, and to this day it works, well, most of the time, this is so useful! voted up and shared, nell

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MarleneB 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

These tips are quite valuable. I find that when I write something down I have a better chance of remembering it. I'm currently trying to learn a new language, so I think I'll practice tip #5 to get it done. This is a very informative hub.

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Rhonda Lytle 2 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

These would be so good for students. I love the acronym one and often make up goofy ones to remember lists. It works.

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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

Great hub prasetio. It is really a great advice on how to increase my memory. Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend!

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Isabellas 2 years ago from Ohio

Very good information here! I have to admit I never thought about some of these tips as they are fairly simple, but nothing you really think about.

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MPG Narratives 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Thanks for some great tips, I had not thought to use acronyms to help improve memory, and as I get older I need as many tips as possible. :) Hope you are well prasetio and good to see you are still writing on HP too.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 2 years ago

Prasetio, Marvelous informative hub! Great tips on how to improve your memory. It is always a pleasure.

Thank you for sharing, Joy , Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!

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William F. Torpey 2 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

I really enjoyed reading this hub and watching the entertaining videos, prasetio30, but in view of my unimaginably bad memory I have no doubt that I will forget all the good advice you've offered. But, if I remember, I'll come back and read it again in a couple of weeks.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago

Thanks so much for this common sense approach to memory. You did a great job presenting the steps to take and I applaud your efforts. Voted up, useful and awesome!

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justom 2 years ago from 41042

Prasetio~ what's up brother? It's been a while. This is another great hub like all of them you write. Now what was it about? :-) Take care, I hope you're doing well! Peace, now more than ever!!

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WiccanSage 2 years ago

Great tips-- I found out long ago that I didn't have as bad a memory as I thought, I had a bad attention span. So true. Lots of great advice here, thanks!

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Pro-Hubber 2 years ago from Florida

Awesome tips. Thank you for sharing

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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Wow....I have never thought to get many responses like this. I just wanna say thank you very much to: Nell Rose, MarleneB, Rhinda Lytle, Thelma Alberts, Isabellas, MPG Narratives, DeBorrah K.Ogans, William F.Torpey, Breakfastpop, my brother Justom, WiccanSage, and Pro-hubber.

I hope this hub useful for us and we can increase our memory by following these tips.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

@ prasetio,

You are very welcome. You deserve the accolades for this is a terrific hub. I mean that.

Keep up the fine work. And God bless you too.

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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

These are very useful tips for helping us remember things, Prasetio! Thanks for sharing them.

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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, kenneth avery. Thanks for your compliment to me. I'll do the best here and promise to stay writing. Take care!


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Alicia. Thank you very much for coming and wonderful words from you. I hope this hub useful for us. Have a good day!


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Great ideas. I have always had selective memory. I remember what I want and forget what doesn't matter to me. I am very serious when I say this, as I am getting my ornithology degree now.

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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, aviannovice. Thanks for stopping by and I love your comment. Congratulations for your rnithology degree. Success for you!

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